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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Italy

Strasbourg, 22.06.2010 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Italy from 14 to 18 June 2010. It was the Committee’s ninth visit to this country.

During the visit, the delegation examined three issues: the provision of health care in prisons, further to the transfer of responsibility from the Prison Administration to the National Health Service; the policies adopted and measures taken to reduce the incidence of suicides and acts of self-harm in prison; and the system in place to investigate cases of alleged ill-treatment of arrested and/or detained persons.

In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Justice, as well as with representatives of the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza.

The delegation met with Mr Vitaliano ESPOSITO, the Prosecutor-General, Mr Giovanni FERRARA, Chief Prosecutor of Rome, and Mr Gabriele FERRETTI, Chief Prosecutor of Teramo, and a number of prosecutors at the Supreme Court and the Rome district Court.

The delegation also met with Senator Albertina Soliani and Deputy Leoluca Orlando, each representing a parliamentary committee active in the focus areas of the CPT’s visit. The delegation met Angiolo MARRONI, the Garante dei detenuti (detained persons’ Ombudsman) for the Lazio region. Further, it met representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
    -     Marc NÈVE (Belgian), Head of delegation
    -     Dan DERMENGIU (Romanian)
    -     Pétur HAUKSSON (Icelandic)
    -     Xavier RONSIN (French).

They were supported by Caterina BOLOGNESE and Francesca MONTAGNA of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by an expert, Alan MITCHELL, former Head of the Scottish Prison Health Care Service, United Kingdom.

The delegation visited the following establishments:
    -    Castrogno Prison, Teramo (Abruzzo region)
    -    Mammagialla Prison, Viterbo (Lazio region)
    -    Prison Health Care Unit, Sandro Pertini Hospital, Rome
    -    Courthouse detention cells, Rome
    -    Trionfale area Carabinieri Headquarters, Rome
    -    Monte Mario Carabinieri station, Rome
    -    Ponte Milvio Carabinieri station, Rome

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